Children are more prone to developing cavities than adults and because of this, it’s not uncommon for kids to have to have baby teeth pulled and permanent teeth filled due to decay. Along with proper dental hygiene, one of the best ways to prevent cavities is by having sealants placed on the teeth. This protective layer put onto the teeth will prevent decay from infiltrating the enamel and causing a cavity. Here at Austin Family Dentistry, we offer dental sealants for children who will benefit from them.
What are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are thin coverings placed on top of teeth to prevent decay from infiltrating the tooth underneath. Sealants can prevent cavities from forming and causing the need for baby teeth to be pulled and permanent teeth to be filled. Many parents find that this option is ideal for their children who are more prone to developing cavities.
Who is a Good Candidate for Sealants?
Sealants are ideal for most children, but some of the best candidates for the procedure include:
- Children who are more prone to developing cavities
- Children who have deep ridges and cusps in their teeth
- Children who don’t have the best dental hygiene habits
- Children who eat and drink lots of sugary food items
What to Expect with the Procedure
The procedure for a dental sealant is incredibly easy and requires no anesthesia. Firs, a clear liquid is brushed onto the teeth and cured with a bright blue light. Sealants can last anywhere from one to three years and can be reapplied as needed. Dental sealants are ideal for kids and even teens, preventing decay that would otherwise result in the need for a filling. In fact, some adults can even benefit from dental sealants as it helps to keep cavities and decay at bay. Here at Austin Family Dentistry, we offer a variety of preventative options for your child to keep their smile looking its best at all times regardless of their dental habits at home.
If your child is in need of dental sealants, contact us today!